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Report of the Expert Group on Strategies for Combating the Trafficking of Women and Children

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Trafficking of people (mostly women and children) for commercial sexual activities and forced labour is one of the fastest growing areas of international criminal activity – and one that is of huge concern. Trafficking in humans is now considered the third largest source of organised crime after drugs and arms. The Commonwealth Law Ministers at the 1999 meeting in Trinidad and Tobago concluded that the Commonwealth Secretariat should propose strategies to assist countries in developing national and regional initiatives against human trafficking. This title is the result of these proposals.

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Prevention Strategies

Strategies aimed at preventing trafficking in women and children can be viewed as the most crucial, yet least addressed area in terms of combating the phenomenon. Focusing on prevention and strengthening existing strategies in this area must centre on ensuring that vulnerable groups are empowered to access alternative livelihood options in their home countries, instead of being forced to seek ‘greener pastures’ abroad. Prevention strategies can be targeted at the following areas: economic empowerment, education, advocacy and awareness raising and reducing demand in countries of destination.

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